Definitions for underlineˈʌn dərˌlaɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

un•der•lineˈʌn dərˌlaɪn(v.; n.)-lined, -lin•ing

  1. (v.t.)to mark with a line or lines underneath; underscore.

  2. to indicate the importance of; emphasize.

  3. (n.)a line drawn beneath; underscore.

Origin of underline:

1715–25

Princeton's WordNet

  1. underscore, underline(verb)

    a line drawn underneath (especially under written matter)

  2. underscore, underline, emphasize, emphasise(verb)

    give extra weight to (a communication)

    "Her gesture emphasized her words"

  3. underline, underscore(verb)

    draw a line or lines underneath to call attention to

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. underline(verb)ˈʌn dərˌlaɪn

    to make a line under a line of writing

    Underline the date and title.

  2. underlineˈʌn dərˌlaɪn

    to make sth more obvious; = emphasize

    a crisis that underlines the need for change

Wiktionary

  1. underline(Noun)

    A line placed underneath a piece of text in order to provide emphasis or to indicate that it should be viewed in italics or that it acts as a hyperlink

  2. underline(Noun)

    An character

  3. underline(Verb)

    To draw a line underneath something, especially to add emphasis; to underscore

  4. underline(Verb)

    To emphasise or stress something

  5. underline(Verb)

    To influence secretly.

    By mere chance in appearance, though underlined with a providence, they had a full light of the infanta. uE000100723uE001 Sir H. Wotton.

  6. underline(Adjective)

    Passing under a railway line.

  7. Origin: under + line

Webster Dictionary

  1. Underline(verb)

    to mark a line below, as words; to underscore

  2. Underline(verb)

    to influence secretly

Freebase

  1. Underline

    An underline, also called an underscore, is one or more horizontal lines immediately below a portion of writing. Single, and occasionally double, underlining was originally used in hand-written or typewritten documents to emphasise text. In a manuscript to be typeset, various forms of underlining were conventionally used to indicate that text should be set in a special typeface such as italics to show emphasis, part of a procedure known as markup. With the advent of word processing, different typefaces can be used in the manuscript directly, so that underlining is no longer needed for markup; but underlining is sometimes used in documents in its own right. Underlines are sometimes used as a diacritic, to indicate that a letter has a different pronunciation to its non-underlined form.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'underline' in Verbs Frequency: #954


Translations for underline

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

underline(verb)

to draw a line under

He wrote down the title of his essay and underlined it.

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